Director, Software Engineering


Mastercard is looking for a talented Director of Software Engineering to join the Mastercard Foundry Research and Development team in our Nairobi Office. In this role you will be part of a highly agile team building exciting and innovative products delivered at scale to global markets.

Our team is built on a foundation of research and development, mining innovation internally, innovating new product lines with emerging technology, managing new products from inception to market validation and engaging strategically with start-ups to shape the future of commerce with and for our customers. At Mastercard you will help define the future of commerce globally.

This team will have a diverse focus both in terms of geography and variety of technology challenges driving hard to bring innovative payment solutions to market.



This role involves working with a team of talented developers to develop high performance Java based solutions.
Responsible for the analysis, design, and development of software solutions
Defines requirements for new applications and customizations, adhering to standards, processes, and best practices
Provides technical leadership to projects including architecting and creating a high-level design, working with other technical leaders to drive out the detailed design and implementation of highly complex applications, interfaces, and integrations
Applies technical capabilities within own discipline to coach and develop junior employees
Integrates at an enterprise level using third-party middleware or messaging products, or by designing and implementing custom interfaces and mapping for those interfaces
Responsible for performance engineering of the enterprise software architecture, and providing functional guidance, advice, and/or training to other application developers
Group-wide and external public speaking and other communications conveying domain level directions
Researches and evaluates tools and acquisition opportunities to support cross-domain needs


Proficiency with Java JDK 8 or greater.
Knowledge of Tomcat, Spring, Spring Boot, Shell Scripting, JSON.
Experience with Docker, Kubernetes or other container orchestration solutions.
Expertise in Junit or other automated unit testing frameworks.
Knowledge of CI/CD principles and tools such as Jenkins, Gradle, Maven.
Knowledge of Source Control Management and working with code in a multi-developer
Experience with a UI framework such as Angular a plus

All About You 

The ideal candidate for this position should:

Love creating innovative solutions to problems in a collaborative fun environment
Have advanced knowledge and understanding of modern software engineering concepts and methodologies
Be passionate about software development and comfortable in a fluid environment
Be passionate about code quality and coding best practices
Show initiative and demonstrate a willingness to take on challenging opportunities
Excellent communication (verbal and written) and strong collaboration skills
Must be driven, highly motivated and a strong team-player
Interested in mentoring and helping grow the skills of the next generation of software developers

COVID-19 Considerations


We value the safety of each member of our community because we know we’re all in this together. In many locations, which may change over time, we’ve implemented a virtual hiring process and continue to interview candidates by video or phone. In addition, in some locations, only individuals who have been fully vaccinated will be permitted inside Mastercard offices until further notice.

In the US, Mastercard is a government contractor, which may legally require most Mastercard employees to be vaccinated unless a verified approved medical or religious exemption is granted.  Further, we are currently making every effort towards having employees return to work in the office 2 days per week, if that makes sense for their team.  Everyone must be vaccinated to enter Mastercard offices at this time.  Therefore, we expect all candidates to be vaccinated or to be approved for a medical or religious accommodation prior to commencing work at Mastercard.

About Mastercard

In the US, Mastercard is an inclusive Equal Employment Opportunity employer that considers applicants without regard to gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disabled or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

If you require accommodations or assistance to complete the online application process, please contact reasonable_accommodation@mastercard.com and identify the type of accommodation or assistance you are requesting.  Do not include any medical or health information in this email. The Reasonable Accommodations team will respond to your email promptly.

Corporate Security Responsibility
All activities involving access to Mastercard assets, information, and networks comes with an inherent risk to the organization and, therefore, it is expected that every person working for, or on behalf of, Mastercard is responsible for information security and must:

Abide by Mastercard’s security policies and practices;
Ensure the confidentiality and integrity of the information being accessed;
Report any suspected information security violation or breach, and
Complete all periodic mandatory security trainings in accordance with Mastercard’s guidelines.


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About MasterCard

Mastercard is a leading global payments & technology company that connects consumers, businesses, merchants, issuers & governments around the world.